Handcrafted and Gated Farm Village (Cape Town)
The Sanctity of Work
Henry van Dyke 1852-1933
Let me but do my work from day to day,
In field or forest, at the desk or loom,
In roaring market-place or tranquil room;
Let me but find it in my heart to say,
When vagrant wishes beckon me astray,
“This is my work; my blessing, not my doom;
Of all who live, I am the one by whom
This work can best be done in the right way.”
Then shall I see it not too great, nor small,
To suit my spirit and to prove my powers;
Then shall I cheerful greet the labouring hours,
And cheerful turn, when the long shadows fall
At eventide, to play and love and rest.
“Homegrown Revolution” Los Angeles, USA
The Dervaes 400sqm Family Urban Homestead
Over 3 tons of food per year, on 400sqm located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 2.85 tons of vegetables, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.
From this 400sqm (including house) four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of R300 000 per year (AFTER) they have fed themselves. This is done without the use of expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on.
To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activities, you can find them at http://urbanhomestead.org
SUMMARY of THE HAND CRAFTED AND GATED FARM VILLAGE PROJECT
How access to 900sqm MAKES PERMANENT WORK FOR VILLAGERS AND MAKES HOUSES AFFORDABLE
“Growing food for yourself is a dangerous act. You are in danger of becoming free” says George Dervais. His family created the famous Los Angelos ±400m² homestead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCmTJkZy0r.
Annually they grow ±3000kg of vegetables, 1900 eggs, 12kg honey and kilos of seasonal fruit, enough for a family of four.
This project assists families to become registered owners of ±900sqm arable homesteads. The South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation SACPRIF is a PBO No 930026947. Our mandate is to make land ownership comply with the Constitution.
In sec 25.5 the state was given an unequivocal instruction to make land accessible provided the costs are not onerous. SACPRIF managers know how to go about this and will typically apply to Municipalities, Provinces or the State for ±40 arable hectares to accomodate a gated 300 family-farm village.
Owning land is a private monopoly; no one else may use it. And it is a place where one can work and prosper for lifetime.
That is because they generate cash. By working an hour or two a day, depending on loca-tion, one can save up to R8500 per month in growing one’s own food, house rent, transport costs and other informal plots.
This high level of productivity is also being achieved by our colleague Mosima Pale in Phillip-pi.
The development of strong and safe neighbourhoods is a vital Constitutional obligation as sec 12.
It is a place where one can grow one’s own food (and cash crops), build the village infrastruc-ture and a decent house, and then either work for oneself or get a temporary or permanent job.
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